I've been having a go around with LoTS on the Hillary/Comey e-mail findings, here and on his other thread about it. And most of my energies have gone to refuting and challenging some of what I consider LoTS' misconceptions, erroneous conclusions, and tendency to jump to trains of wildly improbable conspiracy thought. That said, as a Democratic voter to be honest I am beginning to have some uneasy qualms about the Clinton candidacy myself.
I still consider her to be probably the smartest and most qualified presidential candidate on the basis of her experience that I have ever seen. I think she would do much to keep this nation on the right track and maximize economic and social benefit for all Americans. I, like many others have sought to minimize, both in my mind and through my postings the ramifications of this whole private server/potential security breach episode. Yeah, it was stupid of her, odd for one so bright and savvy. Yeah, it looked like Colin Powell and Condi Rice were similarly cavalier in transmission and receipt of sensitive information, though they didn't go to the extent of installing a private server. Yeah, maybe I'm a bit biased to give her a pass because she and I are of the same generation and I'm a cyber curmudgeon if there ever was one...your stereotypical Grampa who is lucky enough to barely even know how to communicate by e-mail.
But the thing about it all that truly bugs me is the lying. Hillary was adamant she hadn't e-mailed any classified Top Secret material. Comey debunked that, called it untrue. She said she'd turned over all work e-mails to the State Dept. Comey found some that hadn't been turned over. I believe there were at least four other areas or issues pointed out where her statements and positions on the disposition of her e-mails or number of devices involved where she was shown to be untruthful. Being untruthful is not in and of itself a disqualifying factor in seeking political office. Most, if not all politicians lie during their campaigns or time in office. It has become practically a political strategy in recent years especially. Donald Trump lies continuously, to much approbation in some circles.
But the thing that really bugs me about Hillary Clinton's lies in this case are that she didn't have to. She could have told the truth about all of her warts and peccadilloes early on in this e-mail investigation, the maybe few Secret e-mail chains, that maybe some of her work e-mails weren't included in the submission dump to the State Department. That maybe she'd used more than one unsecure device in the whole process. All of the dirty little things that came out in the wash in Comey's laundry. It would've been a bit embarrassing, maybe cost her a bit of political capital at the time. But she evidently decided to play the bluff and figured the DOJ would likely just throw in their cards. This disturbs me. It appears that her strategy at this point is to sweep the findings of her lying under the rug, consider the non-filing of criminal charges as vindication, and hope that the fact she's running against a pretty much complete idiot will push her over the election finish line, victorious. I certainly hope that's the case because the alternative of a complete idiot as president is frightening, and the Clintons through their stupidity, connivance, and remarkably poor understanding of how appearance of impropriety and blatant lack of candor sits with the public, especially with the pack of GOP attack dogs constantly on the trail.
I still think that Hillary Clinton will make a fine president, if elected. Someone as smart as she will undoubtedly learn from her mistakes, adherence to proper security protocols, and not least of which would be how not to get caught in obvious falsehoods. But I find it troubling that one so very smart could lapse into being so incredibly dumb. And I don't like the fact she put her own personal ambition above risking the chances of a Republican being elected president in 2016. What if she'd been running against a normal Republican like Jeb!, instead of a buffoon like Trump? She'd be 5 or 6 points behind right now is what I think. All I can say is I'm glad that Bernie Sanders is still there as an emergency Democratic ripcord. Had an indictment been recommended he would be the nominee. And without knowing how circumstances are going to play out on this public relations nightmare, he may still be. And that would be a shame, because Sanders is not as complete and seasoned a presidential candidate as Hillary. But at least he has the good sense to keep his lies to a minimum and out of public view.
Edited by yadda yadda, 07 July 2016 - 06:52 AM.